Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers
North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers were the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2006 Emerging Artists of the Year. They’ll be joined by famed comedian and actor (and accomplished banjo picker) Martin for “An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo.”
8 p.m. Oct. 9. $38.50-$53.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com.
Cagle obviously listened to Southern rock growing up, and there’s a touch of Charlie Daniels Band in his rollicking up-tempo tracks. But songs like his hit ballad “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” are his strong suit, showing his soft side to good advantage. His fourth album, “My Life Is a Country Song,” was released in 2008. It contained the Top 5 country track “What Kinda Gone.”
10:30 p.m. Oct. 9. $10-$30. Cowboys, 1750 N. Roberts Road N.W., Kennesaw. 770-426-5006, www.cowboysatl.com.
Brandi Carlile, Amy Ray
Carlile has a killer voice that combines the disparate but complementary styles of two of her musical heroines, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. She can pull off both the gruff power of the former and the sweet clarity of the latter. You can even judge the comparison for yourself, since Ray and her band will open the show with a set of material from her solo albums, including the latest, “Didn’t It Feel Kinder.”
7 p.m. Oct. 10. $25. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
Some of the sweetest melodies that have ever flowed from the pop-punk fountain can be found on this quintet’s albums. The new one, “Forget and Not Slow Down,” was released earlier this week and it might be among their best. And it’s one of the most optimistic break-up albums you’ll ever hear. As frontman Matt Theissen sings on the title track, “I’d rather forget and not slow down than gather regret for the things I can’t change now.” And with the holiday season just around the corner, don’t forget the band’s terrific 2007 Christmas album, “Let It Snow, Baby … Let It Reindeer.”
8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $18-$20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
The South Georgia singer made a terrific debut in 2007 with “I’ll Stay Me,” a little chunk of country comfort highlighted by the hangover anthem “All My Friends Say” and the self-explanatory “We Rode in Trucks.” The Leesburg-reared Bryan just released his second album, “Doin’ My Thing,” and current single “Do I” is a Top 20 country hit.
9:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $15-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000, www.wildbillsatlanta.com.
Once the guitarist for progressive rockers Procol Harum, Trower left that band to embark on a long solo career that often seems like an extended homage to Jimi Hendrix. But, boy, can Trower play guitar. Just pick up the 2007 remaster of his 1974 classic “Bridge of Sighs” for evidence of his brilliance.
8 p.m. Oct. 14. $27.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
The superlative cellist joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform the world premiere of “Awakening from a Disappearing Garden,” a new cello concerto written for him by Hong Kong-born composer Angel Lam. The orchestra will also perform Stravinsky’s “The Nightingale.”
8 p.m. Oct. 15-16. $25-$75. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-815-6674. www.woodruffcenter.org